This Weekend’s VOD Favorites
The Gay Cinema Video On Demand experience at TLAgay.com has your entertainment needs covered! We’re always working to expand selection of new and old gay-themed movies available for your viewing pleasure. Here’s just five of our current favorites, from various years, that you may have missed – ALL available to watch INSTANTLY! These aren’t our TOP 5, by any means – just a handful of flicks we want to highlight.
Ramin (Arash Marandi), an Iranian refugee living in Mexico, is trying to come to terms with his past – one that has left permanent scars on his body and soul. As he strolls through the port of Veracruz – a place where transient souls collide in search of a better life – the haunting memories of his long-distance lover begin to fill his heart with a profound sense of loneliness and repentance. Ramin’s friendship with Leti (Flor Eduarda Gurrola), the young woman who runs the small hotel where he stays and teaches him Spanish, and an attraction to ex-con Guillermo help him find himself as a gay man in a new home. Written and directed by Iranian-born Mexico City resident Bani Khoshnoudi, the beautifully shot and strikingly naturalistic Fireflies won the top prize in the Ibero-American Competition at the Miami Film Festival.
Straight Men and the Men Who Love Them
Lovers of straight men need look no further for their entertainment needs. A collection of acclaimed short films from several different countries (Brazil, Spain, the United States and United Kingdom, specifically), Straight Men and the Men Who Love Them explores and exposes several electric and sensual dynamics between gay and straight male characters – and the sexual tension is palpable. Watch six short films for one low price. This collection includes the films Space Two , In the Name of the Father, My Straight Boyfriend, Truth or Consequence, Popcorn & Coke, Uninhibited and Coffee Date (which was later expanded into a feature-length film – also available on-demand – by writer-director Stewart Wade).
Strong and disciplined Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) is sideswiped by the feelings unearthed when he meets handsome Mikal (Bartosz Gelner). Their connection is instantaneous and intoxicating, leaving Kuba to grapple with conflicting emotions. Suddenly his comfortable life with his girlfriend Sylwie (Marta Nieradkiewicz) is less interesting, and after training for fifteen years, his motivation to compete as a top-tier athlete dissipates. Unable to deny himself any longer, Kuba begins a relationship with Mikal. As Sylwie’s dreams of a life with Kuba slip away, Kuba accepts who he is and what he wants, only to find himself drowning in the destruction of his desires. Don’t miss this supremely sexy drama/thriller from Polish filmmaker Tomasz Wasilewski.
Roberto (Nehuan Zapata) is a brooding teen living with his family in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. In the midst of his boredom, he begins a relationship with Raul (Oscar Genova), a much older, divorced man with a dark past. In spite of Raul’s violent sexual behavior, Roberto continues to see him, and the two form a bizarre relationship. But the romance takes an even darker turn when Roberto meets another young man named Cesar (Javier de la Vega), with whom he has a brief fling. Overcome with jealousy, Raul turns even more possessive and abusive towards Roberto and shows that his brutality can go further than Roberto might have ever imagined – perhaps even to the point of murder. In this darkly fascinating film festival hit, director Jose Celestino Campusano takes queer cinema in a bold new direction as he explores the destructive potential of love and jealousy.
The Stranger in Us
In this poetic debut feature, director Scott Boswell explores the pleasures and perils of losing and regaining oneself through the journey of a young, gay man in the wake of a traumatic breakup. Small-town Anthony (Raphael Barker) follows his heart to San Francisco, eager for domestic bliss with new boyfriend, Stephen (Scott Cox). Soon Anthony faces a waking nightmare as their volatile relationship reaches the breaking point. Isolated and financially strained, Anthony takes to the nighttime city streets, where he meets a strange and alluring cast of hook-ups and wanderers. When he befriends a precocious, young street hustler named Gavin (Adam Perez), Anthony finds the human contact he craves, yet his inner struggles continue to engulf him. Featuring a verite-style portrayal of San Francisco’s grittier side, The Stranger in Us grips viewers with its heartfelt performances and intimate perspective.